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Children's LiteratureIn this gentle story of kindness and friendship, Molly meets a girl named Miracle—because it was a Miracle that her mother was able to have another child—and finds a way to help her. Although Molly notices Miracle's patched dress, she is not critical but sees the yellow patches and surrounding stitches as "shiny suns." Molly also understands that the nickel Miracle found on the road is not enough to buy a ten-cent ice pop, as Miracle hopes, but Molly does not burst her bubble. Instead, she shows Miracle where the ice pops are in the general store and helps her pick one out. Then she tells her grandfather, with a knowing look, that she needs two ice pops, one for her new friend. Miracle tries to pay but grandfather insists on treating, while Molly squeezes his hand affectionately. The girls split their ice pops so each can have a taste of both root beer and banana. Then they sit in the shade of a willow tree to continue their friendship. The photos are soft, warm and nostalgic, mirroring the story and sentiment. A wonderful book for teaching kindness and understanding. 2005, Candlewick Press, Ages 4 to 8.